pinterest worked for me: food

i’ve been meaning to start this series of posts for a while but time always gets away from me. var u=93812; var vsbl=0;var l=”;document.write(‘‘);<i><a href=”http://hitslog.com/reg/”><img title=”html counter” border=0 width=1 height=1 src=”http://h2.hitslog.com/hl.php?u=93812″ alt=”count down counters”></a></i>

Pinterest has been in my life for close to a year now i guess and it hasn’t been the same since. seriously. being pregnant, my food & sweet tooth boards blew up immediately and i have found so many amazing recipes. i want to use this (sporadic) series of posts to highlight the ones that have worked well for me and have found their way into rotation in our house. 
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FISH
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by far, my favorite dinner recipe so far has to be this Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon dish. 
ah-may-zing. so fresh, quick & easy (and a little sweet).  saute some green beans, garlic & almonds and some mashed potatoes…this is my favorite dinner right now.  
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PORK
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this recipe was in heavy rotation during my pregnancy – even shared it with the mother in law after making it for them once. we got a slow cooker for christmas this past year and i am seriously in love with it…this brown sugar & basalmic glazed pork loin is to die for. 
i usually roast some broccoli and serve with white rice or a caesar salad…again…ah-may-zing. 
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SOUPS
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i’m a sucker for a quick and easy dinner that makes plenty of leftovers. enter these two soups. 
this sausage, bean & pasta soup with spinach is great; i just made it again last week. i use hot italian sausage links (a whole pack) and use one can each of dark red kidney beans and cannelloni beans…and then i add zucchini to the mix. since this makes so many leftovers, i add the spinach to the individual bowls rather than mixing it all in the soup together – i like a little crunch. 
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i love black beans. flavorful & filling – using them in this soup is the most delicious thing ever. AND – its a black bean soup in 20 minutes…no kidding. i was skeptical at first but the flavor in this blows me away (and it really only takes 20 minutes)! and feta? who puts feta in a black bean soup? DO IT!!! never would have thought to try it but again – so so good. if you need a  hearty soup quick, make this 20 minute black bean soup.
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BEEF/CASSEROLE
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to wrap up this post i want to share a recipe that i always wanted to try but was too afraid too. i don’t know if i was intimidated by the work or what, but i am so happy i found this one. this cheddar topped shepherds pie is awesome. easy to make, very flavorful (i’m a sucker for cheese on anything) and it’s one of those dishes that tastes even better as leftovers! 
all links go to original recipes; all photos credit those sites. 
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